Accounting for King Solomon’s Gold

Is the Bible mistaken about the amount of gold that King Solomon had? Find out on today’s Creation Moments Minute.

Scripture tells us that Solomon’s temple was overlaid with gold inside – the walls, the ceiling and even the floor! Solomon even decorated the Temple with gold, including over two U.S. tons of golden shields. Given the dimensions of the rooms, this would take a huge amount of gold. For this reason, many modern scholars have expressed doubt about what the Bible reports.

But consider this. Reliable Greek sources report that Alexander the Great discovered a hoard of 1,180 tons of gold in Susa. So there was obviously a great deal of gold in the ancient world. There is no reason to doubt the Bible’s lavish descriptions of Solomon’s Temple. There was more than enough gold in the ancient world to do the job.

For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.

Ref: Biblical Archaeology Review, 5-6/89, pp. 20-34, Alan R. Mallard, “Does the Bible Exaggerate King Solomon’s Golden Wealth?”

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